Mary Magdalene  1650

by Jan Boeckhorst

According to biographies of the saints composed in the Middle Ages, Mary Magdalene was a prostitute at the time that she became a follower of christ and after christ was crucified she became a hermit and lived the rest of her life in meditating on the follishness of focusing on earthly pleasures and doing penance. she is therefore often shown meditating on a skull as a sym...
25 1/2 x 19 3/8 in. (64.8 x 49.2 cm)
oil on panel
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum